Incorporate a community economic development approach throughout the Plan to include transitional small business development programs and policies, employment opportunities that pay living wages, job training to support coastal restoration and local economies.
The Draft Plan is missing a community economic development approach that is people-centered and benefits low- and moderate-income individuals and families. This can be rectified by creating sustainable small business development programs and policies, as well as employment opportunities that pay living wages. Incentives need to be provided within the Coastal Master Plan to allow for local small businesses to benefit from contracting opportunities that allow coastal entrepreneurs to use pre-existing skills and resources (i.e. accessible certification programs, preference to disadvantaged business enterprises, etc.). Nonstructural funding should also be identified specifically for job training in robust sectors that support coastal restoration and local economies (i.e., metalsmithing, shipping, restoration work, etc.) to mitigate the job loss that could result from major projects.
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